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noland
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Abbott's used to market a gimmicked glass called "Visible Miser's Dream". I remember attending a lecture more than 50 years ago at Al Cohen's magic shop in Washington DC at which Clark Crandall did a dealer demo that included this prop. But instead of using the glass to produce coins, he used it to make coins disappear. He would have a spectator count about ten coins into the glass, then dump them out of the glass and count them again. Each time this was repeated, there would be one fewer coins--to Crandall's seemingly growing frustration. Eventually, all the coins disappeared. It was a very funny routine. Does anyone remember specific details of this routine or know if this routine was ever published anywhere?
Bill Hegbli
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The original fluted glass was easier to accomplish the working, then the later goblet glass they were selling. That is one of the 1st props I purchased from Abbott's back 1964 on my 1st visit to Abbott's. I still have it after all these years. Neil Foster demoed it for me, and showed me his coins to glass routine.

To my knowledge the routine you outlined was never published unless it was in lecture notes sold at the lecture. I have some of his small booklets and it is not in any of them. I once seen a video of Crandall performing his 6 card repeat from Tarbell, but did not contain the coin effect you mentioned. There were only a couple effects marketed under his name back in the 1970's through Magic Inc. It seems he really never produced much of his routines or ideas. He lived his character.

If you have the Visible Miser's Dream from Abbott's you should know exactly how it was accomplished and work it out. From you description, I can see how it could have been done with the prop.

To bad glasses are plastic these day, that thick glass is what made it work so well.

Thanks for posting your experience.
Dan Ford
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I have the same glass that Bill spoke of, and used to perform what I called 3 across. I would give a small bag of 10 coins each to 2 spectators, and have each one drop their coins in the glass one at a time into the glass and count them as they went in. I would then dump them into their bags 10 into each bag (?),....... 3 of the coins would travel from 1 bag to the other. If you have a similar glass you can figure this out.....Plastic glasses do not sound or work so good as Bill stated.
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